Buying a beautiful historic home is a dream that many people have for themselves. Plenty of older homes have had upgrades made throughout the decades and centuries to ensure that they are suitable for human occupation. Still though, as you are looking at these timeless beauties, do ask certain questions to ensure that the space is safe for your family.
Is the electrical system upgraded?
A home that has seen the better part of the last century may have an electrical system that is not updated. In other words, the system might not meet the latest codes, and it might pose a serious fire hazard. Taking care of this issue is pivotal. A light that won't turn on can be more than just a nuisance; it can be a warning that major issues are happening with the home's electrical system.
Is the plumbing upgraded?
While plumbing issues do not necessarily pose as serious of a danger as electrical ones, they can come with some hazards, and they can cause a host of problems in the home. Old pipes, for example, may be filled with rust and on the edge of bursting. If the main hasn't been replaced in a long time, the toilets, sinks and tubs could constantly overflow and get clogged.
Has the house been inspected for asbestos?
You don't want to live in a house that has asbestos in it. You might think that you'll move in and take care of the problem later, but disrupting asbestos releases a world of danger onto your family living in the home. The decision to avoid houses with such issues is a wise one.
Am I allowed to change the house?
If the house is considered a historical property and is registered under certain guidelines, you might not have the ability to alter the house. For example, if you are thinking of adding an extension onto the house in a few years, you might find that you aren't allowed to do so. Find out this information now so that your house dreams are not stifled later.
How are the roof and siding?
Replacing and the entire roof and siding is a task that you may want to attend to later, but you likely don't want to have to handle this prodigious project as soon as you move into the place. Learning how sturdy these structures are and assessing them for issues are useful techniques.
Does the house have issues with mold?
Some houses do have moldy areas in them, especially if they have had issues with poor plumbing, bad ventilation or flooding. Taking care of the mold is important before you move in because can mold can jeopardize the health of your family. You also want to make sure that the source of the mold is found; simply wiping it away doesn't eradicate it forever.
Is there any termite damage?
Checking the house for signs of termite treatment and damage is another important step before committing to buying it. While pest control companies can certainly help to keep these bugs away, you want to make sure that you know what you're getting into. Also, you need to hire companies that use methods that are safe for your children and your pets to be around.
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